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Synopsis:
Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?

Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Review by Life and other dreams Fany Van Hemelen:
What an intriguing and original story!
The way it made me guess about what was the plain truth and the strange tension that was there from the beginning did me love this tale. It wasn’t what you normally expected and a pleasure to read!

When Rick, who happily lives on earth with Cath, is suffering from insomnia, he decides to take an experimental drug. From that moment he does sleep, but is in an imaginary planet Ecias in a dangerous adventure with Vanessa, his stunning wife.

This book has indeed two story lines, one now and the other 600 years in the future. Both are interesting and filled with lively characters and soon I was like Rick wondering what was real? Could he actually be living in the future or was that maybe an unfulfilled dream because, now he has an entertaining and specular job and life. Or did the drug experience him those weird stuff? The world-building and atmosphere of the alien planet was detailed and I was moved by the role of the key players and the beautiful place. This book is gripping and unusual and that’s what I like in books. The mix of sci-fi, mystery and the thrilling effect make this a special book. You have to discover this one if you like to read a fast-paced and different well-written story. I don’t think you will regret it and I hope to read other original narrations by this author.

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

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Titel: Life and other dreams | Leesfragment | Auteur: Richard Dee | Uitgeverij: | Categorie: Psychologische Thriller | Uitvoering: paperback of E-book | pagina’s | Verkrijgbaar sinds:|Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 22-03-2019 | Prijs: $3.96 | Bestellen

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